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A break. We all need a break from our daily activities once in a while; I got mine from this book.
Let me elaborate on this. If you’ve been following my reviews, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that adult fantasy/sci-fi/historical fiction is my favorite books to read. Most of the times, the plot surrounding these books are full of war, magic, violence, death, politics, betrayals; overall, complex and serious in tone. I wouldn’t trade it any other way. No matter what the genre is, these are my favorite kind of books. However, I will have to take a break from it once in a while. As I always said, anything that’s too much is never good. Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of the Less Valued Knights by Liam Perrin gave me the needed break from my usual read.
“To win, all evil needs is for good people to do nothing. Well, we’re not doing nothing are we?”
This doesn’t mean that the novel itself didn’t have an engaging or threatening plot, it does. The setting takes place in Camelot. Combining fantasy and Arthurian legend, the story revolves around Thomas Farmer as he tries his best to follow his dream of becoming a knight and saving his brother from an evil Baron. But at its core, this is a story about growing up, following your dreams, perseverance, and to play the hand you’re dealt with like it was the way you wanted.
“The difference between a blessing and a curse is whether or not a person decides to want the thing.”
I had a great time reading this book. Displaying the strength of beauty in simplicity, Perrin’s prose never fails to keep its charm and it was continuously engaging. The positive messages supplied in this book were delivered effectively through the charming cast of misfits and the humorous tone of the novel. I have seen some of my friends said that reading this book reminded them of Terry Pratchett. Allow me to pronounce my sin right here, right now. I haven’t read a single page of words written by Terry Pratchett. The good thing though, now I’m seriously considering adding Pratchett to my TBR after reading Sir Thomas the Hesitant’s tale.
“If I learned one thing in Camelot, it’s this: the only way to fail is to stop trying. There’s always another chance.”
Charming, fun, and endearing, instead of a typhoon of destruction and violence, Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights conjured a calm breeze to relax in. If you’re ever in need of an easy short read (it took me less than four hours to finish) that’s full of wit and memorable phrases, or maybe you’re just looking for a palate cleanser from your darker and serious tone books, I highly suggest giving this book a read. Although it didn’t make me laugh as I expected it would, it certainly made me smile. And guess what? Sometimes, a genuine smile is all you need to last the day.
“The first step in becoming something is deciding you are the thing already. The rest is just polishing.”